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03-26-2005, 06:54 PM
Looks like it's right out of the 1930s.......very nice.
03-31-2005, 05:35 PM
That's Ron's own gyro, actually. The factory demonstrator, if you like.
03-31-2005, 07:36 PM
Here's a couple in-flight photos:
03-31-2005, 09:48 PM
I am looking at the pictures of Ron's little wing flying and it is dificult to see how the rotor could hit the tail unless it wasn't up to rpm and I would think if you were going to limit back stick you would do it at the control end, not at the rotorhead to keep from putting the strain on the control mechanism. I would be gratefull to understand this a little better. Thank you, Vance
04-01-2005, 04:54 AM
Here's the radial engine page at Ron's website:
04-02-2005, 03:20 PM
Hmmmmm.......I wonder how that would look on a scaled-down version of an A1-E Skyraider?
04-02-2005, 03:35 PM
I think it would still look EXPENSIVE !
04-07-2005, 07:11 PM
It's not that costly a motor, Chris. Check it out. When it was first introduced it was about $12k.
Here is another little wing with it on. Does anybody know Frank Darby? http://www.rotecradialengines.com/0FrankDarby/FranksLittleWing.htm
04-07-2005, 07:14 PM
Vance, if you are talking about the teeter stops, there is an explanation of teeter stops in the FAA Rotorcraft flying handbook. It's in the helicopter section. The purpose of the teeter stops is to limit the motion of the rotor at low RPM to prevent rotor strikes. When the rotor is up to speed they move out of the way by centrifugal force.
04-07-2005, 07:38 PM
Kevin, Paul said that he limited the travel on the rotor head at the rotorhead on the Littlewing to keep from hitting the tail. When I look at the pictures it is hard to see how the rotor would hit the tail. Ron uses teete stops but Paul felt that they wouldn't allow enough flapping and disabled them. If I was going to limit travel on the rotor I would do it a the stick, rather than at the rotor head so as not to strees the things between the stick and the head. Wouldn't that be the proper way to deal with it? Thank you, Vance
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